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After his scheduled opponent backs out of a match against the reigning world heavy weight champion (Carl Weathers), the consummate showman decides to stage a fight against a local boxer and give him a Cinderella shot at the coveted belt. That is when an underdog contender named Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) steps into the ring. (And like the hero in the movie, the novice actor and his ensuing film franchise went on to win big at the box office as well.)
Why Is Rocky Rated PG?
Rocky is rated PG
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While this story includes lots of close-up pounding action between boxers and some unsavory language; the underlying themes of fighting to overcome incredible odds, and the power of love, make Rocky a viewing contender. However, if realistic depictions of this sport are offensive to you or your family, you may wish to bow out of the ring.
Movie includes extensive scenes of boxing including blood. Man has cut on head, blood shown on face and towel, man threatens to break another man’s thumb, men involved in altercation, man swings 2x4 at another man, man loses temper and yells, hits at locker with a fire extinguisher, threats shouted between men, man makes reference to breaking bones, repeated scenes of heated arguments between siblings involving yelling and some physical contact, meat packing factory shown with carcasses of dead animals, man hits dead carcasses with bloody hands, man hits objects in house with a bat and threatens people during a drunken rage, boxing match includes scenes of man with broken nose, bruised and bloody face, swollen eyelids are cut open, blood squirts out of cut, man threatens to kill another man if fight is stopped.
Sexual Content: B+
Man tells woman he wants to kiss her, passionate kissing between unmarried couple, man makes references to sexual acts, woman moves into man’s apartment after fight at home, kissing between unmarried couple.
Includes numerous uses of name calling, at least 15 mild profanities, 10 moderate profanities, two slang terms for sex and four terms of Deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: C
Man offered a beer, man asks for cigarette, main character depicted smoking, several other secondary characters also shown smoking and drinking alcohol, athlete drinks beer, men drinking on streets, drunk man laying on the street, man drinking liquor while at work on several occasions, drunken man walks home where he loses his temper and breaks objects with baseball bat.
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For more sports movies, look at Rudy and Remember the Titans. If it’s the romance you liked, check out While You Were Sleeping, another story about a shy, young employee who falls in love. If you’re a Stallone fan, check out another of his writing, acting efforts in Driven.
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Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A
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DVD Notes: Rocky: 2 Disc Collector’s Edition
DVD Release Date: 5 December 2006
Stepping into the ring for another round is the 1976 Best Picture Academy Awards winner, Rocky. This time the contender comes as a 2-Disc Collector’s Edition—and just in time to give a publicity boost to the upcoming movie Rocky Balboa (opening in theaters 22 December 2006). Besides the feature presentation, this version comes bulked up with deleted scenes and new audio commentaries by Sylvester Stallone, as well as boxing legends trainer Lou Duva and commentator Bert Sugar. There is also a rigorous list of featurettes that include: Three Rounds with Legendary Trainer Lou Duva, Interview with a Legend: Bert Sugar, The Opponents, In the Ring (a making-of documentary), Steadicam: Then & Now, Make Up!: The Art & Form with Michael Westmore, Stacatto: A Composer’s Notebook with Bill Conti and The Ring of Truth.
If that’s not enough to knock you out, a Rocky Anthology is releasing as well. This package offers fervent fans everything in the above-mentioned Collector’s Edition, along with Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV and Rocky V. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Surround) and French (Dolby Surround), with closed captioning for the hearing impaired.
Home Video Notes: Rocky: The Undisputed Edition
Release Date: 3 November 2009
The complete Rocky anthology is now available on Blu-ray. Along with the six movies in the series, the 7-disc box set includes bonus materials. Click here for a closer look at the product details for Rocky: The Undisputed Edition
Rocky releases as a DVD/Blu-ray Combo on 6 April, 2010.